When you’re a hunter, you meticulously prepare for every scenario and every situation. But nothing can prepare you for a chance encounter with a mountain lion. But that’s exactly what 17-year-old, Jake Altena found himself up against. While deer hunting on his family’s private property near Akron, IA, the young teenager heard some rustling and decided to investigate the situation. That’s when things got interesting.
“I was about 15 feet away and a mountain lion poked his head out, and it was looking at me dead in the eyes,” Altena told reporters.
“I immediately pulled my gun on him; I was pretty scared at the moment. When I had him in my sights, he kind of made a quick jump at me, and I instantly pulled the trigger.”
Fortunately for Altena, his 20-gauge shotgun provided enough knockdown power to fatally wound the animal.
After meeting with officials from the Iowa DNR, Altena learned that his encounter was quite rare. In fact, it was only the second female mountain lion to be shot in Iowa in the last 100 years. And unlike in some states, mountain lions are not protected under Iowa state law so the teen did not have to worry about any legal repercussions.
Photo Credit: Troy Altena
Story Credit: Des Moines Register